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Hurricane Maria - Public Health and Prevention

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More than a month since Maria hit Puerto Rico, there is still a lot of standing water and a large number of households with little or no access to potable water, which increases the possibility of diseases such as leptospirosis, gastroenteritis, dengue, zika and chikungunya. However, many of these diseases are preventable if citizens take the right precautions.

Hurricane Maria - Aid, funding, and support for affected scientists and students

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We are very thankful to the international scientific community has rallied in support of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after the devastating passage of Hurricane María. Here we will list ways to solicit or review offers of aidfunding opportunities, offers of tuition and registration for students, and other resources. We also offer tips on how to seek placement in other labs.

Ask your institution to respond in the wake of Maria

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Dear members of the CienciaPR community,

Many of you have reached out to learn how you can ask your institutions in the U.S. to support members of the university community who have been directly and indirectly affected by hurricane Maria, as well as relief efforts in the Caribbean. This has undoubtedly been a stressful week and for many of us, it’s been hard to focus on work, school or science.

Help us support science, before and after the March

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Do you want to know how you can help support the goals of the March for Science - Puerto Rico, from wherever you are? In addition to registering to participate on April 22 , there are several ways in which you can defend and be an advocate for science.

Get to know the 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy!

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We are proud to welcome the 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows. These 40 young scientists come from 23 institutions in Puerto Rico and throughout the US, they represent a wide variety of research interests, and each brings diverse experiences and perspectives. Just two months into the new class, we are already blown away by the talent, creativity, and drive of the students.

We invite you to get to know our 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows!

Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz, nominated to Board of the ASM

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Congratulations to our # Borinqueña, a member of the SciencePR Team, and science champion, Dr. Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz, who is a candidate this year for an elected position on the board of directors of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

We invite all friends of CienciaPR who in turn are members of the ASM to cast their vote for ASM Board members before Friday, February 24 at midnight: https://www.asm.org/index.php/asm-governance 

A 2016 Full of Achievements

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Dear friends,

It is with great pride that we share with you CienciaPR’s first annual report, a compendium of the most significant achievements of our organization in 2016.

The report marks the tenth anniversary of our community, which saw the light of day on January 2006. It has been incredibly inspiring to see how over the last ten years the CienciaPR network has grown, and with it, the number of ideas and projects that place our community of scientists and STEM professionals at the service of the Puerto Rican people.

Now more than ever...

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Like many, the leadership of Ciencia Puerto Rico is concerned by the results of the U.S. presidential election. This period has revealed great divisions and a level of disaffection, both in Puerto Rico and in the United States, which are impossible to ignore. It is no secret that the president-elect has taken anti-science and anti-environment positions.

Conversations with Scientists: Non-Research Careers

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Your training as a scientist gives you a lot of skills that can be applied to many other sectors. Many life sciences PhDs find fulfilling employment in jobs as varied as science policy, consulting, publishing, law, funding, etc. But how do you make the transition from academia to a new sector? How can you sell the skills you gained as a PhD to work in positions where laboratory research is not involved?

During this Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development (YCA) Conversation with Scientists, graduate fellows in the program spoke with three scientists who have pursued careers away from the bench. Our speakers included,

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